Maharashtra government is set to introduce gender budgeting that will ensure 50% benefit of gender neutral schemes to reach women. The women and child development department is scheduled to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UNICEF women and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for working out on the detailed budget plan.

As per sources, to begin with the government is expected to pick up five departments and three of their major schemes for implementation as pilot project. We have not yet decided on departments and schemes. The main aim is to ensure that the benefits of schemes like scholarship, pension or other subsidies which are gender neutral should reach women in as many numbers as men, said a senior officer.